If you’ve ever wanted to break into the animated-movie business, then you’ve no doubt had at least the occasional daydream about working for Pixar. The studio is arguably the most famous name in the cartoon-movie biz these days, with even people who don’t really follow films very closely knowing the name and the work.
But what does it take to get a gig at a place like Pixar – a studio where creativity seemingly blossoms in every nook and cranny? IGN recently asked Monsters University director Dan Scanlon and producer Kori Rae for advice on this very topic.
The short answer is the same as the one to the old joke about how you get to Carnegie Hall – practice, practice, practice. However, as the video below shows, there’s more to it than just dedication to the craft (although that certainly is a key ingredient). Passion is important, as is the desire to tell stories even if you weren’t getting paid for it. Oh, and the willingness to start at the bottom and work your way up.
Most of the advice is applicable to almost any field that doesn’t require wearing a paper hat and a name tag while asking people if they’d “like fries with that," but if you’ve ever dreamed about creating animated magic in the hallowed halls of the Pixar campus, this video should help you get started on making the fantasy a reality.